Gov. Brown's revised budget restores California's early childhood education money

Posted May 13, 2017

"The worry is that the Legislature will say "spend more" when the reality is that we should spend less".

And he specifically called out Republican members of Congress from California for voting for a plan that hurt their constituents.

Brown wants UC President Janet Napolitano and administrators to be more upfront about funding after a state audit found the Office of the President failed to disclose tens of millions of dollars in surplus money. Obamacare has not been a success in California, but it has generally been less unsuccessful in the Golden State than elsewhere, partly because the Obama administration saw California's program as a flagship, and the program enjoys voters' support.

"I think they're making a mistake and they're going to have to do penance for it", he said. "And so I think as an initial investment I think it's reasonable but certainly I would be watching it carefully over the next year". The House narrowly approved legislation this month to repeal Obamacare and revamp Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, with administration officials saying the plan would cost the state an estimated $6 billion in 2020, rising to $24 billion in 2027. Revenues in Brown's May Revision are up $2.5 billion dollars while the Rainy Day Fund grows to $8.5 billion.

He announced Thursday a revised outlook for the budget year that starts July 1.

Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his revised state budget on Thursday at the state Capitol. Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with global leaders.

"The latest budget proposal also fails to provide a solution for the underfunded training programs that serve California's frontline peace officers", Lackey said.

Even so, the updated budget proposes to fully fund higher salaries for child care providers - a shift from Brown's winter plan to cancel those new payments.

The Governor's January budget proposal called for a one-year delay in providing rate increases to child care providers that were reflected in the 2016 Budget Act.

"We've got ongoing pressures from Washington, and the economic recovery is not going to last forever", Brown told journalists gathered for his press conference in Sacramento.

The budget Brown proposed in January already required the first belt-tightening in years for California, calling for reductions in anticipated spending on education, child care, affordable housing and state office renovations to avoid a deficit of $1.6 billion. The federal government is contemplating actions - such as defunding health care for millions of Californians, eliminating the deductibility of state taxes and zeroing out funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood - that could send the state budget into turmoil. Even so, the budget is considerably more constrained than in any year since 2012.

Jerry Brown is a very wily politician who during his second governorship has also been a very lucky one, as he indirectly acknowledged Thursday.

"I am not in the business of opining on my colleagues", Brown said.

Other budget tweaks relate to the soaking California experienced this year.

The state parks system would get $31 million in additional funding from the 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax that the Legislature passed this spring. Now, having declared it over in April, he proposes to reduce that increase to $63 million, with much of the remaining money to go for increased firefighting - from more fire engines to longer hours at CalFire stations - to deal with the risk from 100 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and to help with emergency water supplies in Central Valley communities whose wells ran dry.

"April is usually the state's biggest tax filing month, so lower-than-expected personal income tax receipts are troubling", Yee said in a statement.